Who can apply for a notice of marriage? Click to get info
To give notice couples must have:
- lived in Waltham Forest or your district for at least 8 full days (full day is 24 hours) before giving notice
- 9 clear days’ residence in the borough if travelling from overseas for a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales
- written consent from your parents if aged between 16 and 18 by completing the consent to marriage form
If you plan to hold your marriage or civil partnership in a different area, you should also contact the local register office for that area before you give notice, to make sure officials will be there on the day.
How much does it cost to give notice? Click to get info
Fees must be paid online when you book your appointment.
There is a £35 statutory fee for giving notice that is set by the General Register Office. You pay a non-refundable reservation fee of £35 when booking your notice appointment which then becomes the notice fee upon completion.
Please note that if you do not attend your notice appointment or produce incorrect or insufficient documents and your notice cannot be taken then you will have to pay again for another appointment. So you must read the guidance before attending your appointment.
If you make changes to your booking in 24 hours of the appointment you will have to pay the fee again.
|Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership||Fee|
|Giving notice at the Register Office||£35 per person|
|Couples subject to immigration control||£47 per person|
|Attending a housebound person to give notice||£47|
If you don't have a computer, visit a Library Plus branch to use our self-service to log your request/report. Someone will be there to help you if you need it.
Coming to the appointment Click to get info
On the day of your appointment:
Allow time to park as it can be difficult to find space in the area
Let staff at reception know that you are here for your appointment
Bring all your supporting documents with you - failure to have the correct documents may mean that your appointment cannot go ahead - you will have to make a new appointment and be charged again
If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, you will be asked to re-book your appointment and pay a new fee.
I don't speak English
If one of you doesn't speak English, you must bring an interpreter with you. This can be a family member or friend who understands English.
You will not be able to interpret for each other and we can't arrange an interpreter for you.
Documents to bring to the appointment Click to get info
If you are a British/EU citizen
You must both bring the following documents to prove your name, age and nationality:
Valid passport/ ID card or
- British Birth certificate (if you were born after 1 January 1983 you must prove your parents' nationality with a passport or birth certificate)
- EEA (European Economic Area) National identity card
Proof of address for each person. This must be one of the following:
- Utility bill (gas, water or electricity) dated within the last 3 months
- Council Tax bill - most recent
- Bank statement - dated within last month
- Mortgage statement - dated within the last 12 months
- Council/housing association tenancy agreement
- Valid UK Driving Licence
- Letter from the owner or proprietor
If you are an EEA Citizen (British / European) and wish to marry a non EEA Citizen or someone subject to immigration control you will BOTH need to bring:
- proof of identity – valid passport
- proof of address (as above)
- a passport sized picture each
- proof of status/visa – (evidence of settled or permanent residence, a marriage or civil partnership visa or exemption from immigration control)
If any of these documents are not in English, a translation of the documents will be required.
The translation must be signed by the translator with their contact details and they must certify that it is a true translation.
You must bring originals, we do not accept photocopies.
If you have been divorced or widowed, please also bring:
- The decree absolute or final order
- The death certificate and marriage certificate of your former partner
Read the GOV.UK guidance on giving notice as a foreign national.
Before you give notice, you should make sure that you are able to satisfy the laws
What happens next? Click to get info
After your appointment, your notice will be displayed in a public folder in the Register Office for 28 clear days.
The marriage licence will be issued to the district of where you will be getting married.
If you’re subject to immigration control, the Home Office must give clearance before the marriage licence can be issued.
A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months.